This is a topic for anyone interested in discussing the parking-lot challenge from Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge over at Seed Magazine’s Science Blogs.
It goes beyond the blasphemy challenge and asks for people to post You Tube videos of themselves putting pro-rational “tracts” on people’s windshields at churches.
I really like this idea, because it’s related to a knitting project I’m working on. Starting this fall, I will be self-publishing a ‘zine called Subversive Knitting. The first issue will be “Safe Sex and Dangerous Knitting,” and it will include sex education information for people of all ages, along with several knitting patterns for condom cozies. There’ll be condom amulets to wear around your neck, a safe-socks pattern for a pair of socks with a condom pocket on the ankle, a bra with a hidden condom pocket, and more. The second issue is schedule to be called “Question Authority” and eventually I’d love to do an issue called “SkepKnit” or something like that.
At any rate, I think this is closely related to the idea of the parking lot challenge, in that it’s using an unexpected method for distributing pro-rational information to an unsuspecting audience.
Kevin Beck came up with the idea, and here’s what he thinks the tracts should be about (and I agree):
I’m not talking about in-your-face “God doesn’t exist, get used to it, ya fuckin’ hayseed!” stuff, but something genuinely useful and even seductive. Material that simply asks readers not to trust Pastor Blowmuff out of the gate; to consider that science is not in fact a natural adversary of a moral or spiritual or introspective life; to understand that evolution is not a tool created for the express purpose for battering Jesus into submission, but is simply one more aspect of how nature works, with or without my, your, or the Holy Ghost’s approval.
If anyone is interested in this, I’m willing to collaborate with other writers and artists to create some appropriate pamphlets.
I’ve started a topic in the forums to discuss this further and to try to keep the conversation in one place. Of course, if you don’t have an account on the forums, feel free to post your ideas here.